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Happy surgery anniversary

posted August 3rd, 2013 by
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Today makes one year since Yoda had heart surgery to cut a window in the pericardial sac around his heart. We were told dogs like Yoda who have heart tumors and undergo the procedure live an average of three months post operation.

All I can say is the force must be pretty strong with my little dog. Aside from a couple of ER visits this summer to remove fluid build up, he shows no signs of slowing down and an ultrasound showed the tumor has only grown 2 millimeters in the past year.

This July, our family took a special camping trip and stayed in a dog-friendly cabin. Our two dogs enjoyed hiking and hanging out by the lake. They may have even had a special steak dinner one night.

Yoda can now cross ‘Go Camping’ and ‘Eat a steak’ off of his bucket list.

Bucket lists aside, anniversaries are a nice time for reflection and there are so many things to be learned from animals if we take the time to pay attention. From Yoda, I have learned to live each day to its fullest potential. 

When we found out about his heart tumor, he didn’t get mopey or sad, but I did. I am pretty he sure he spent his first week post-surgery comforting me!

Even now, I get weepy at vet visits because I know he won’t be here forever. If he knows that, he has certainly made peace with it and doesn’t let it get in the way of his favorite activities like nosing through trash or chasing Spock in the yard. 

Whether you have a healthy little puppy or kitten or an aging fur baby, enjoy your days together!

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]